The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth

Author(s): Fred Pearce


Right now, an unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Every day, parcels of land - the size of Wales and larger - are being gobbled up across the plains of Africa, paddy fields of South-east Asia, jungles of the Amazon and prairies of Eastern Europe. The raiders are the ultra-rich Gulf oil sheikhdoms, Russian oligarchs, Chinese entrepreneurs, jumpy governments worried about food security in an ever more populated world, and financial speculators looking for the next big investment opportunity. The victims are subsistence farmers around the world, whose title to the land they work is uncertain and whose power to prevent their governments selling it from beneath them very small. Following the trail from the boardrooms and ministries to the victims themselves, "The Landgrabbers" lifts the lid on the most profound ethical, environmental, economic and social issue in the world today.


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Fred Pearce lifts the lid on the most profound ethical, environmental, economic and social issue in the world today: How City Financiers, Chinese billionnaires, oil sheiks and agribusiness are buying up our hungry, crowded world.

Fred Pearce has reported on environment, popular science and development issues from over 60 countries and his books have been translated into 16 languages.He is the recipient of many awards for both his journalism and his books and in 2011 was awarded the ABSW Science Writers' Awards for Britain and Ireland 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. When the Rivers Run Dry was voted among the all-time 'Top 50 Sustainability Books' by the University of Cambridge's Programme for Sustainable Leadership. Confessions of an Eco Sinner was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of a 2008 IVCA Clarion Award. He is the environment and development consultant for the New Scientist and writes regularly for the Guardian.

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  • : 9781905811748
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Eden Project Books
  • : 0.526
  • : March 2012
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Fred Pearce
  • : Paperback
  • : 812
  • : 320.120905
  • : 400